Personnel Index - Detail
Flew 32 Hampden operations with 49Sqn in a variety of crew positions.
12/13 July, 1941; WILHELMSHAVEN/BREMEN:
Sgt Batchelor (AD910) and crew could not pin point Bremen nor Wilhelmshaven due to heavy flak and searchlights. They located Cuxhaven and bombed from 12,000ft; 2 bursts were seen in the docks area.
On return, they encountered navigational problems and with petrol desperately low, the pilot made a forced landing 5 miles N/E of Pocklington.
Fortunately the crew survived unhurt but the aircraft was wrecked; the crash occurred at 07.45hrs.
All other 49 Squadron aircraft returned safely.